Green Electronics--Does CNET care?
by Rooner1 - 8/25/12 8:34 PM
Where in CNET is a clearing house of information on green electronics and buying (or not buying) for the future?
There is no place to post this, so I will try a few. Because I bought a laptop today, I'll put it here
So many topics, such as:
1) Where is the promotion of buying green, the least embodied resources, most durable, most supportive of quality of life for assembly workers? And... rare Earth elements and conflict minerals, never mind embodied energy of manufacturing, zero waste factories, recycled content, etc.
2) There are rating systems out there: EPEAT, and the Green Peace guide to green electronics. How is CNET moving these essential rating systems forward?
The GreenPeace guide makes a decent stab at comprehensive evaluation, but only for entire companies. The EPEAT ratings for individual models are...a little out of date.
3) What about Apple's ability to raise the bar if they threaten again to pull out? Third party standards are VERY important for resource conservation.
4) What about rating the major retail outlets for green appliances--like Frye's, Best Buy, Office Max, Walmart, etc.
5) What about the process to create EPEAT standards for TVs and digital imaging equipment? Was it fair and accurately representative of consumers and resource specialists? These are issues for our grandchildren, and for CNET to be mute on this is stunning.
6) What about EPR, RoHS, and standards in the EU? If every university paid attention to a column on green buying at CNET, that would be some consumer power. 7) Develop closed loop design?
8) Which approach is better: Apple or HP?
The only articles on "green tech" are general interest manufacturing news, nothing for the consumer. Let's move the ball down the field and build some incentives and recognition for real progress instead of buying blind.